Description of SHORT SC.7 SKYVAN
The Short SC.7 Skyvan is a light private jet built in the early 1960s. It is still in service to this day and can carry up to 16 passengers.
In 1958, engineer George Miles asked Short Brothers, an aircraft manufacturer based in Belfast, for their assistance. He was looking to develop his aircraft, the HDM-106 (HDM stands for Hurel-Dubois Miles). The British manufacturer (which is now Bombardier) decided to acquire the development rights to modify it. It decided to retain the structure but made some of its own alterations.
However, the SC.7 Skyvan was not an immediate priority for the manufacturer; it was concentrating on the SC.5 Belfast as that was the Royal Air Force order. This meant that the construction of the prototype was rather slow but in the end, the maiden flight took place in 1963.
Initial orders for the jet came from the Army Air Corps who used the Skyvans to train parachutists. Over time, the engines were changed on a number of occasions and the Skyvan 3 version, equipped with Garrett engines, was presented in 1968. The manufacturer produced 145 examples until 1986. Several variations of the Skyvan 3 were produced as well including a militarised one. In addition, Argentina made use of two SC.7 Skyvan aircraft during the Falklands War in 1982.
The Short 330 (or C-23 Sherpa) and the Short 360, both of which are extended versions of the SC.7 Skyvan, were also successful aircraft in the 1980s.
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